President’s Community Circle
Here at LCC, we are dedicated to meeting the needs of our four-county service area and beyond. To best understand our community, we rely on the knowledge and experience of the dedicated individuals serving on our Advisory Council and our newly-formed President’s Community Circle.
President’s Community Circle
The President’s Community Circle serves as a community voice for LCC and helps to shape strategic directions for the college as it serves the evolving needs of service-area counties, school districts, cities and towns, business and industry, universities, and non-profit entities. Providing expertise from unique perspectives, members of the Circle play a vital role in helping to ensure that Lamar Community College remains a strong partner in Southeast Colorado.
Members are representative of Baca, Cheyenne, Kiowa, and Prowers Counties; knowledgeable of the trends in their area of expertise; aware of the needs in their communities; and committed to promoting higher education for residents in the communities served by LCC.
Members of the President’s Community Circle aid the College by:
- Sharing information and ideas that reflect community perspectives
- Creating connections and partnerships for the college with various segments of the community
- Offering input to LCC regarding strategic directions and plans for the future
- Identifying under served populations in the service area
- Assisting in identifying future facilities needs
- Providing advice and support on a variety of college issues
- Serving as knowledgeable ambassadors for LCC in the community
Members attend Circle meetings in the fall, winter, spring and summer. They are expected to attend college functions and events as Circle members and support the LCC Foundation’s fundraising and resource development activities.
LCC Advisory Council
On a rotating basis, five members of the President’s Community Circle also serve as members of the LCC Advisory Council as required by State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education (SBCCOE).
Current Advisory Council members include:
- Nikki Johnson, Campo; Chair
- Lawrence Brase, Wiley
- Jay Brooke, Lamar
- Regina Jo Dorenkamp, Holly
- David Esgar, Wiley
- Marsha Willhite, Holly
Members of the LCC Advisory Council advise the college president and the Board on the long-term educational needs of the area served by the college and on other matters identified in statute, by:
- Serving as liaisons between the college and area employers in order to facilitate assessment of employment, training and educational needs of the service area
- Connecting the college and local school boards, county commissioners, city councils, area governing boards, civic groups, and other relevant groups or persons
- Promoting the college’s programs and services among the communities and constituencies in the college’s service area
LCC Innovate & Make Space
Innovate & Make Space
Welcome to the Innovate & Make Space (I&MS) at Lamar Community College! At the I&MS, we encourage you to bring your big ideas and use our equipment to make your vision a reality.
This space is designed especially for tinkerers, hobbyists, and budding entrepreneurs who are interested in designing, prototyping, and creating a finished product. I&MS users work alongside Master Certified Volunteers to make their projects come to life using state-of-the-art technology including laser cutters, plasma cutter, vinyl cutter/sublimation printer, heat press, 3D printers, milling machine, router, and industrial sewing machines, embroidery machine, and serger.
Many of our makers come to simply make personalized gifts for themselves as well as family and friends, while others have taken advantage of this space to launch their own businesses. Come on in, learn a new skill, brainstorm and collaborate with other makers, and have a great time in the process.
Be a part of Southeast Colorado’s FIRST makerspace!
YOUR GUARANTEED PATHWAY TO A FOUR-YEAR DEGREE IN COLORADO
The Colorado Community College System’s (CCCS) Bridge to Bachelor’s Degree Program ensures new, first-time students attending any CCCS College are guaranteed admission to a participating four-year college or university upon completion of an Associate degree.
How to Apply to the Bridge to Bachelor’s Degree program
For new, first-time students at Lamar Community College:
- Indicate that you want to participate in the Bridge to Bachelor’s Degree program when filling out your LCC application.
- Review with your LCC advisor to make sure your intended degree and program are eligible.
- LCC accepts anyone who applies; entrance exams (ACT, SAT, etc.) are not required for admission to the college or to participate in this program.
For existing Lamar Community College students in their first semester:
- You can still apply by contacting your LCC advisor and expressing interest in signing up for the Bridge to Bachelor’s Degree program.
Requirements to Transfer to a Bridge to Bachelor’s Degree partnering college/university:
A first-time Lamar Community College student must:
- Opt-in the program at the start of your Associate degree program or within your first semester.
- Maintain a 2.0 minimum GPA.
- Complete any Associate of Arts (AA) or Associate of Science (AS) Degree.
- That’s it!
Benefits to Students
CCCS students who participate in the Bridge to Bachelor’s Degree program will have access to:
- Personalized student advising and guidance to ensure credits and administrative supports are in place to easily transfer to a desired four-year program.
- Scholarship opportunities to make degrees from a four-year institution more attainable and affordable.
- A no-hassle transfer process between participating two-year and four-year programs, ensuring a smooth transition.
82nd Commencement Ceremony
The graduates of 2021 and their family and friends are invited to participate in the 82nd Annual LCC Commencement Ceremony on May 8th, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. outdoors at the Lamar Community College Wellness Center. If graduates are able to attend, we are planning a special recognition for the Class of 2020 during the 2021 ceremony. Here are a few points to consider when preparing to attend the ceremony:
- As this will be an outdoor-uncovered event, we ask that you dress for Lamar weather.
- Please make sure to bring your mask and abide by the 6-foot social distancing requirement for family groups.
This information can change at any time. More information will be provided as the time draws nearer. #LopesGrad2021
Congratulations to each outstanding, award-winning Lamar student and graduate! Antelope Night is LCC’s student awards night, celebrating student accomplishments both inside the classroom and out. This year, we’ve brought it to everyone as a Virtual Antelope Night on Facebook. (link it here LamarCC Facebook) We will also be mailing diplomas/certificates, official transcripts, and diploma covers so we ask for graduates to please make sure their mailing address is correct in their student portal. We also encourage faculty, staff, and students to use #LopesGrad2021 when posting your recognitions on your personal social media accounts so we can all join in the celebration.
Nursing Pinning Ceremony
We will be celebrating the accomplishments of our RN and LPN nursing students with the Nursing Pinning Ceremony that will be held May 7th, 2021 at the Lamar Community College Wellness Center at 10:00 a.m. This is a very important event in the life of a nurse.